No-Cost Chamber Music Concert at Casa Buonarroti

Viola or Clarinet? Quintets cosí e cosá will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 6 pm in a continuation of free annual summer concerts held in Casa Buonarroti’s courtyard as part of Festival Passaggi 2024. The concert will feature performances by six musicians, all of whom are former members of the Orchestra della Toscana. Marco Ortelani will play the clarinet, Damiano Babbini and Susanna Pasquariello will be featured on the violin, Stefano [...]

‘The Season’ 2024: Inaugural Events

The Season, hosted by New York University Florence, will once again take place at Villa La Pietra, for the 18th consecutive year. The picturesque 15th century villa will host events including exhibitions, readings, classical compositions, concerts, film screenings, dance and theatrical productions across six weeks, from May 23 to July 5, 2024.  Actors, musicians, intellectuals and artists will be working in unison and in an interdisciplinary environment to deliver these nine evenings of [...]

Concerts by a Gregorian Chant & a Children’s Choir

The beautiful and historic basilica of Santa Croce is hosting an evening dedicated to Gregorian chant on Friday, May 3 starting at 8:30 pm with free admission. The concert will showcase the singing of the men and women of the Viri Galilaei chorus conducted by maestro Enzo Ventroni. The Viri Galilaei Chorus is a musical group dedicated to the study of Gregorian chant. Having mainly performed solely in Florence, the choir carries forward [...]

Anna Maria de’Medici Day & Free Museums

  Sunday, February 18: ANNA MARIA DE’MEDICI DAY.  Florence. February 18 is a day of historical significance and celebration in Florence with events and free museum openings planned in recognition of Anna Maria Luisa dè Medici (1667-1743) on the anniversary of her death. This remarkable woman who was the last Medici ruler in Florence and a patron of the arts, gave her family’s significant cultural patrimony to the city. Those interested in observing [...]

An Unique Production of ‘Don Giovanni’ by ORT

November 29 at 9 pm: Orchestra della Toscana. The Mandela Forum, piazza Enrico Berlinguer 1. The Orchestra della Toscana is bringing a Mozart masterpiece to a Florentine neighborhood near you with their “Musica Diffusa” tour.  The composer’s renowned opera Don Giovanni will be acted by Alessandro Riccio, a talented and experienced actor. This rendition of the opera aims to straddle the line between classical music and theater. The approach remains serious and irreverent [...]

Free Tours on the Life & Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds

In commemoration of the illustrious painter Sir Joshua Reynolds’ (1723-1792) ties to Italy, who was born 300 years ago, there will be two opportunities to discover places where he lived and frequented on the 300th anniversary year of his birth. Free guided tours will be offered on October 15 and November 12 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, with the meeting point in Piazza Santa Trinita. The occasion is being promoted by Florence [...]

Renaissance Artists’ Workshop Practices Conference

The public is welcome to attend the conference “Artists’ Workshop Practice in the Renaissance” at the Netherlands Interuniversity Institute for Art History (NIKI), Viale Evangelista Torricelli 5 (near Poggio Imperiale) on September 21 – 22. Free of charge to all and held in English, the conference at the  co-organized by Michelle O’Malley (Emeritus Professor at the Warburg Institute / NIKI-scholar-in-residence) and Lydia Goodson (independent scholar). The workshop was the nexus of artistic production [...]

‘Musica sui Sagrati’: Free Concerts Outside Churches

Musica sui sagrati is a series of free, classical concerts by the Toscana Classica Orchestra held on the steps of churches in and around the city through mid-September.  All start at 9 pm. The final performances are as follows: Saturday, August 26 Toscana Classica will play “Le Rose dei Venti” in front of the Misericordia in Piazza Duomo near the Cathedral. Friday, September 1 Florence’s Ensemble San Felice and the Associazione Bel Canto of [...]

Free Santa Croce Concert Honors Women Musicians

The Desiderio da Settignano Choir and Orchestra is hosting a concert in the Santa Croce Basilica this Wednesday, June 15 at 9:15 pm. The program, created and inspired by the late founder Johanna Knauf, offers free admission to listen to works by Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn and Louise Farrenc.  Female composers of the 19th century, Mendelssohn and Farrenc’s talents were appreciated by Johanna who founded the Desiderio da Settignano Choir in 1989, offering anyone [...]

‘The Season’ 2023: A Grand Return to Villa La Pietra

World-renowned artists, scholars and writers will be gathering on the scenic grounds of Villa La Pietra from May 11 to June 30, located in the outskirts of Florence, to participate in NYU’s annual cultural programme, ‘The Season.’ Members of the public are invited to enjoy a range of free performances, designed for the both English and Italian speaking audience, including exhibitions, concerts and theatrical productions, put on by collaborating artists. Conversation between the [...]